Herbs That Regulate The Qi - Herbal Functional Grouping (18 herbs)
Herbs That Regulate The Qi General Introduction
- Used with Qi disorders involving deficiency and stagnation.
- These herbs are primarily used for stagnation involving the spleen and stomach, constrained liver qi, and stagnant lung qi.
Herbs That Regulate The Qi Section Summary / Study Notes
- Choose the appropriate herbs based on type of obstruction, nature, location:
- Mu Gua, Chen Pi, Zhi Shi - stagnant qi of the spleen and stomach.
- Xiang Fu, Zhi Ke, Wu Yao - liver qi stagnation with symptoms of stagnant qi.
- Cheng Xiang, Tan Xiang - stagnant lung qi.
- For stagnant Qi that is hot in nature - Chuan Lian Zi, Zhi Shi.
- For stagnant Qi that is cold in nature - Chen Xiang, Wu Yao.
- Stagnation in the chest and upper back - Xie Bai, Zhi Shi.
- Flank Pain - Chuan Lian Zi, Zhi Ke, Qing Pi, Yan Hu Suo.
- Upper abdominal pain - Xiang Fu, Mu Xiang.
- Para-umbilical pain - Wu Yao, Mu Xiang.
- Lower abdominal pain - Chen Xiang, Chuan Lian Zi.
- Chen Pi vs. Qing Pi
- Chen Pi - more harmonious, enters qi level of the spleen and lung, vertical (coughing/vomiting).
- Qing Pi - scatters and unblocks, harsh, used to break up qi stagnation, horizontal (pain).
- Mu Xiang vs. Xiang Fu - both for abdominal pain.
- Mu Xiang - promotes movement of clumped qi in stomach and intestines - distention and fullness of epigastrium and abdomen along with diarrhea.
- Xiang Fu - disperses/spreads stagnant qi in the liver and stomach, best used for problems secondary to emotional constraint, epigastric and hypochondriac distention and pain, menstrual problems.
- Wu Yao - warmer and more restricted to cold problems - for pain anywhere in the truck from the genitals to the chest.
- Selection Based on Accompanying Symptoms:
- Stagnant Qi in the Chest and Abdomen:
- Menstrual Issues:
- Concurrent irritability and other symptoms of constrained liver - Xiang Fu
- Excessive phlegm - Chen Pi, Ju Hong
- Stifling sensation in the chest w/belching - Chen Pi and Zhi Ke